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Old 02-13-2020, 04:15 PM   #1
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Fresh Vegetables and Fruits/Chop

What are the best ways to get your parrotlet to eat fresh foods? Mine is an adopted 3 year old who is not yet too crazy about them. Thanks.
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Start out with things that resemble seeds. Teeny Broccoli heads, quinoa, pepper seeds, cooked lentils, rice.
If you can, try right in the morning when he wakes up and is hungry. Remove the seed and put the fresh food maybe even sprinkle just a few little seeds on top to get him going. Don't starve him obviously, just give it long enough to see if he tries it. Try things chopped small, or in bigger pieces, hot, cold, morning, evening... Just keep trying. Eventually they usually take to it. It can take a while.
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I have seen in this forum, many times, that a lot of parrotlets have a hard time accepting fresh foods. Both p'letts I have had did not accept fresh foods like veggies and fruits at first. I took a fresh broccoli floret and put it between the bars each day all morning long and after a couple of days, it was pecked at and then eaten. Then, loved to be eaten!


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Eat with them. It helps with bonding. It is social and what they want. Pretend to eat it and the let them “steal” a bite from you. Only one rule. Your salvia is dangerous for them so they can not eat directly after you.

With Jules she tends to sit on one of us. We portion a plate for her or maybe a spot on our plate and she grabs nibbles.

Also, have you tried fruit? Berries with seeds, strawberries, blackberries tend to do well. But can be messy.
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Thanks all! I’ll try these!
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We offer fresh food outside of the cage, Huey eats dinner with us every day. We have tiny plates for him to eat on and he does check to be sure his dinner looks like ours.

If we are eating something not good for him, I just dont give him any. I will give his something else. He looks forward to his treats. I also can try new food this way.

Huey used to go crazy for broccolli but now he will not touch it. I will give him some now and again but it ends up on the floor. lol Actually any green food is a no no, still thinking he dislikes the color green.
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If you chop up vegetables in a bowl/dish, you can sprinkle millet or chia seeds on top to see if that catches their interest.
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”and he does check to be sure his dinner looks like ours.“

Oh that made me giggle!
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If you chop up vegetables in a bowl/dish, you can sprinkle millet or chia seeds on top to see if that catches their interest.
I did this and he just eats the millet and chia! LOL But I will continue to give him a variety of veggies served different ways until he he gets used to them. I noticed he like eating them whole from my hand.
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We offer fresh food outside of the cage, Huey eats dinner with us every day. We have tiny plates for him to eat on and he does check to be sure his dinner looks like ours.

If we are eating something not good for him, I just dont give him any. I will give his something else. He looks forward to his treats. I also can try new food this way.

Huey used to go crazy for broccolli but now he will not touch it. I will give him some now and again but it ends up on the floor. lol Actually any green food is a no no, still thinking he dislikes the color green.
This is too funny about him checking out your dinner!
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